Well, in a further consolidation of this blog’s original acronym, I, Marnie, have made the move to Boston. It’s oddly fitting that I type this in a coffee shop where, within five minutes of my arrival, I was asked by an Irish woman about where she might find the nearest bookstore. The best part was, I was able to tell her! (It was Brattle Book Shop, an extremely worthwhile destination for anyone willing to stomach its oft-sassy staff.) Already a literary local, y’all. Step two: adopt an Irish brogue. Step three: thank the staff of this coffee shop for playing “Bittersweet Symphony.”

At any rate, our hectic review month of January presses on. Here are the #fridayreads we’ve got on our recently relocated nightstands:

Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet

If the premise of a world where children’s language has disease-like effects on adults isn’t creepy enough, look into the book trailer for this upcoming release. Does it remind anyone else of the Salad Fingers cartoons of yesteryear? And if so, is there any way you’re not chomping at the bit to read it? Marcus presents a literary-minded rather than a principally plot-driven novel, and our review of The Flame Alphabet will be up later this month on pub day.

Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

We’ve got a guest review of this bestseller on the way, and we hope that said reviewer becomes a regular correspondent for YA literature — an area that remains largely untapped by your DBC|Reads crew.

Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The first installment in the Flavia de Luce series, I was given this book from a dear friend as a going-away gift. She is very excited for me to start in on what she says is the epitome of a charming, fun, adventurous read. When I asked around about Sweetness (being, as always, the last person on earth to read it), it turns out there is little else but praises sung for Bradley’s bestseller, and one friend responded to my inquiry by simply exclaiming “FLAVIAAAAAAAA!” at the top of her voice. If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

….Speaking of ringing endorsements, this coffee shop’s playing “Feel Good Inc.” now.

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One thought on “#fridayreads

  1. Mark and Sue brought me the third Flavia book for Xmas! Quelle quinky dink!

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